The Vincentian Studies Institute of DePaul University has launched a new online research archive that will provide access to an array of historical documents on the Catholic Reformation, with special focus on Vincentian history.
The website, created by Alison Forrestal of the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Felicia Roşu of Leiden University, Netherlands, can be found at http://earlymoderndocs.omeka.net/.
The first materials posted to the site are a collection of sources relating to Vincent de Paul and the Congregation of the Mission (also known as the Vincentians) from the 1620s to the 1670s. These are drawn from the archives of the Holy See, especially from the archives of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide in Rome.
The material will be invaluable to specialist researchers. It also contains information that will be of interest to the general public on topics such as the Vincentian missions in North Africa and Madagascar, jurisdictional disputes, political relationships and popular devotions. The collection includes summaries of individual documents, and it will eventually house transcriptions of particularly valuable correspondence, reports and minutes. More documents will be added soon.
The creation of the website and the publication of the collection are the fruits of a project first funded by the Irish Research Council but now supported by DePaul University, Leiden University and the National University of Ireland, Galway.
“DePaul University’s collaborative support of this research highlights its role as the premier international center for Vincentian studies,” said the Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M., DePaul’s senior executive for university mission. “We believe it will be a valuable resource for both historians and others interested in the history of the Church and the Vincentians.”
About the Vincentian Studies Institute
Founded 30 years ago by the provinces of the Congregation of the Mission and Daughters of Charity in the United States, the Vincentian Studies Institute is the premier international resource for Vincentian Studies. Sponsored by DePaul University in Chicago since 2007, the institute engages in research, publications and continuing education activities by expanding the availability of Vincentian history beyond traditional formats through the World Wide Web.
With approximately 25,000 students, DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, nonprofit university in the Midwest. The university offers approximately 275 graduate and undergraduate programs of study on two Chicago and three suburban campuses. Founded in 1898, DePaul remains committed to providing a quality education through personal attention to students from a wide range of backgrounds. For more information, visit www.depaul.edu.